GEISTING was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the April 2022 COMEDY Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Mission to provide audiences with entertaining material that also challenges them. We also had this idea which allowed me to partner with my hilarious wife, Renee Pezzotta, on a project that used both of our styles – my horror elements combining with her comedy chops.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
A good year plus. We were dumb enough to write fancy VFX on every page. So, post took longer than we planned. Next film will have ONE effect! I’m kidding, I’m a genre geek so, let’s be honest, I’m gonna make that same mistake again. Those monsters are expensive.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
POST always presents tons of surprises, but honestly, we had fun surmounting the obstacles. I mean, we were worrying about the appearance of “cheese puke,” so, when those are the problems, you have to have a sense of humor about it all.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Joy! Goose-bumps. Pure happiness.
Watch the Audience Feedback Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
Six or seven years old. I started directing my friends when we played “fort.” Army men were staged and elaborate stunts with GI Joes happened.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Jaws or Psycho.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
Exposure to active and engaged fellow filmmakers.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
Phenomenal. Best fest experience yet!
10. What is your favorite meal?
Prime Rib and baked potato.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
I have several projects in various stages of development that I am very excited about. I have a sprawling UFO epic with a star attachment already, as well as a true ghost story set in Scotland. I am looking for fellow filmmakers to partner with. Making films is like hatching conspiracies and I’m currently seeking co-conspirators.